EXCLUSIVE: A7SLE Films has hired Max La Bella to script the true story adaptation The Devil’s Rooming House, about early 20th century murderess Amy Archer-Gilligan. A7SLE Films, the production shingle co-founded by Twilight and Nurse Jackie star Peter Facinelli, snapped up rights to writer M. William Phelps’ chronicle of the Archer-Gilligan saga last year. Archer-Gilligan was the unassuming nursing home proprietress who had a curiously high number of fatalities occur in her house between 1907 and 1917. The majority of the deaths were found later to be caused by poisoning, and Archer-Gilligan was found guilty of multiple counts of murder. Her story would go on to inspire the play and Cary Grant film Arsenic And Old Lace.
La Bella previously wrote Dimension Films’ James Wan-produced thriller Demonic, starring Maria Bello and Frank Grillo, and recently sold an untitled thriller to Skydance. Facinelli and Rob DeFranco are set to produce The Devil’s Rooming House for A7SLE Films with Old Lime’s Kevin Sisti and Ray Esposito. La Bella is repped by Gersh, Grade A Entertainment, and Alexander, Lawrence, Frumes & Labowitz, LLP.